“Now the boy Samuel ministered to the Lord before Eli. And the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no widespread revelation. And it came to pass at that time, while Eli was lying down in his place, and when his eyes had begun to grow so dim that he could not see, and before the lamp of God went out in the tabernacle of the Lord where the ark of God was, and while Samuel was lying down, that the Lord called Samuel. And he answered, “Here I am!” So he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.”

And he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” And he went and lay down.

Then the Lord called yet again, “Samuel!”

So Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” He answered, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” (Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, nor was the word of the Lord yet revealed to him.)

And the Lord called Samuel again the third time. So he arose and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you did call me.”

Then Eli perceived that the Lord had called the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and it shall be, if He calls you, that you must say, ‘Speak, Lord, for Your servant hears.’ ” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

Now the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!”

And Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant hears.”

Then the Lord said to Samuel: “Behold, I will do something in Israel at which both ears of everyone who hears it will tingle.” 1 Sam. 3:1-11

The prophet Samuel in the Old Testament was dedicated to serving the Lord by his mother before he was born! Little did he know his mighty calling as a prophet to the Lord upon his birth. Little did he know the voice he heard calling him one day was God’s voice rather than that of Eli.

What did Samuel need to do before he came to serve the Lord so mightily? And how did Eli help him get started? He needed to learn to recognize the voice of the Lord calling him and giving him instructions.

Friend, we need to do the same! We need to stay steadily in the reading of the Bible, and be diligent in spending time alone with Jesus praying and listening, in order to give our all and all to serving Christ.

God’s instructions to us are key. And His voice is instrumental in giving us instructions. May you and I be deeply dedicated to communing with Christ each and every day as He conforms us to Himself, teaches us His ways, prepares us for eternity with Him, calls us to service, equips us to service, and draws us ever closer to Himself.

How does this all begin? By turning from our sins, believing Christ died on the cross to pay our sin penalty and was raised from the dead, genuinely turning our hearts and lives over to God and His glorious ways!

I am blessed today to call myself servant of Christ. I am blessed to spend time with Him daily. I am blessed to hear the voice of His Spirit always in line with His Word leading and instructing and correcting and changing me. I am blessed to be His.

Be His forever, friend. Be His child. Be His servant. Be His forevermore!

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